A) Recently Rear Admiral Walter Hennecke, the German Naval Commander in Normandy, was captureed by American troops who landed there. In World War I, Admiral Hennecke had been in British hands for two years. Yet, his record in both wars is excellent.
We note particularly the difference between Admiral Hennecke's conduct and that of Admiral Nagumo, who committed sepuku (suicide) at Saipan. Of what value is seppuku when it leaves a man without sons to bear his name and carry on his line? Do you want to be the last of your line, or do you want a family, too?
Lay down your arms and come over to us. Don't throw away your lives in vain.
B) Why must you continually retreat before the strong American Army. Why must you face defeat and death?
The Japanese officers had the duty to preparing for war. It was their job to equip you with the necessary weapons and devise a strategy that would repel an enemy.
Yet, this island which is so few miles from the Japanese homeland is being occupied by the American forces. Your officers who cannot hold this island are now debating when to evacuate the island by plane and submarine.
It is not necessary for you wo remain on the island to fight to the end.
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